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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: March 16, 2012
CONTACT:
Kevin Lucey, DES Coastal Program restoration coordinator, (603) 559-0026 or kevin.lucey@des.nh.gov
Leonard Lord, Rockingham County Conservation District manager and ecologist (603) 679-2790 or rccdlal@comcast.net

Wild Beach Grass to Be Replanted at Odiorne Point State Park

Rye, NH – On Monday, March 19, partner organizations will help restore a rare habitat at Odiorne Point State Park using wild beach grass salvaged from a New Hampshire Department of Transportation maintenance project on the New Castle causeway. The beach grass will be planted at Odiorne Point State Park on the east side of the jetty, in the bayberry beach plum shrubland area. The 3.8 acre dune has recently been cleared of the habitat-destroying invasive plant honeysuckle. The beach grass from the causeway has a higher chance of success than nursery stock because they are already adapted to local conditions.

Staff and volunteers from local organizations will meet at the restoration site at 12:30 pm. Kevin Lucey, the DES Coastal Program restoration coordinator, and Lenny Lord, district manager and ecologist with the Rockingham County Conservation District (RCCD), will coordinate the work. The RCCD is currently leading the dune restoration effort with funding support from the DES Aquatic Resources Mitigation Fund (ARM).

This restoration effort builds upon work already being done to control invasive plants at other areas of Odiorne. The DES ARM funds are also being put to work to restore a coastal salt pond adjacent to the bayberry beach plum shrubland. The salt pond habitat is the only one of its kind in the state.

Partner groups such as the DES Coastal Program, Rockingham County Conservation District, N.H. State Parks, Seacoast Science Center, additional members of Coastal Watershed Invasive Plant Partnership, NH Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, town of Rye and volunteers have been integrally involved in the restoration efforts at Odiorne.

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